Remember when you thought pumpkins were just for carving, seed roasting, and pie eating? Those days are a not-so-distant memory for me as well. I didn’t even know that pumpkins are actually in the fruit family. Knowledge is power, folks. And thanks to the brilliant crew over at Cooking.com, I now have the knowledge to spice up my pumpkin-filled fall with these unique and delicious recipes. It’s only fair that I share this knowledge with you and spread the wealth, so here you go.
1. Turn it into a soup.
This delicious recipe is great for a chilly afternoon and a newbie in the kitchen. The steps are simple and clear, and it takes about 30 - 40 minutes to make.
2. Stir into risotto.
Risotto can be a tricky gamble, as the consistency is tough to get right. But luckily, pumpkin puree has the right texture to hold everything together. This recipe takes about 40 minutes, serves six, and will be a huge hit with your guests.
3. Bake it into brownies.
After making your annual pumpkin pie for the family, use up that extra pumpkin by making these delicious pumpkin brownies. It’s a simple recipe that takes about 45 minutes. Add some whip cream or cream cheese frosting on top for an extra sweet surprise.
4. Mix into pancakes.
Start your day with these sweet and spicy flapjacks. Whisk a few of the ingredients together, put them all in the blender and bring them to a thick, smooth texture. Then pour into your pan and flip as needed until you can stack and serve. Yum.
5. Add to salad.
Using baked chunks of pumpkin tossed with fresh apple slices and chopped persimmon, you have the perfect fall dish that is healthy, refreshing, and cozy. That’s a tough combination! But also, spectacularly done by this recipe.
6. Add as a pizza topping.
I’m pretty sure you could put any desired combination of toppings on a pizza and it would be yummy, but this one might be one of my favorites.
7. Bake it into bread.
Anything that involves sugar, cheese, cinnamon, and bread makes me happy. So, adding pumpkin to this mix and baking it into loaves of bread is just a magical thing. I won’t tell you how many loaves I’ve eaten by the time fall is over, but rest assured, it will be too many.
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